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Conch Shell Water Fountain

a stone garden water fountain carved in the shape of a conch shell

The clients who were restoring a Georgian manor house in Norfolk wanted an original artwork for their garden, a sculpture that complimented the classical language of the house, whilst avoiding pastiche. 

Inspiration was taken from Baroque fountains by sculptors such as Bernini which often have the recurrent inclusion of conch shells. The Conch shell is a striking sculptural form, with countless variations of twisting and undulating structures that posed potential for sculptural embellishment. 

First a maquette was modelled in clay to present to the clients, on approval he then enlarged the model to 50% scale. Using traditional measuring techniques, the model was used to guide the final 6ft sculpture. The fountain now sits in the centre of a tranquil pond with water flowing from the opening in the shell. 
 

 

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